Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa has revealed that he did consider retiring this year after suffering two concussions during this past season.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Tagovailoa was asked whether he thought about leaving football after the concussions and admitted that was the case.
Tua shared that he held discussions with his family while trying to decide what he should do, and it appears his son played a major role.
“Yeah, I think I considered it, you know, for a time, having sat down with my family, having sat down with my wife, and having those kinds of conversations,” Tagovailoa said.
“Really, it would be hard for me to walk away from this game with how old I am, with my son. I always dreamed of growing — playing as long as I could to where my son knew exactly what he was watching his dad do. Yeah, I mean it’s my health, it’s my body. I feel like this is what’s best for me and my family. I love the game of football. If I didn’t I would have quite a long time [ago].”
Tagovailoa was told by medical professionals that he doesn’t run the risk of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) as he isn’t hitting his head all the time like linebackers and linemen.
Tua also went into detail regarding the jiu-jitsu training he undertook in order to learn how to fall better.
“Obviously learned how to fall,” he added. “Learned some grappling techniques. Learned some other things too that I don’t think I should disclose. But for the most part, learned how to fall. You think it’s easy. Just don’t fall and hit your head. But a lot more to it.”
Last season,Tagovailoa set career highs with 3,548 yards passing and 25 touchdowns while throwing just eight interceptions.
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa. Photo courtsey of AP Photo/Marta Lavandier